Schramm’s Meads

Let’s start with some background.

I have no understanding of mead. I have never had an interest in it either. However, About two months ago I was at my dad’s cottage in Dishoek. The nearest bottle shop, and an epic one, is Ace Drinks in Vlissingen.

Of course, going there without a plan is madness since they’ve got too many beers to go through. I decided to go on Untappd, find their shop and sort their inventory from highest to lowest rating.

While some beers were already sold out and others were way over my price cap for beers, what I did notice were the meads by Schramm’s near the top of the list. So I started digging a little bit further and Schramm’s turns out to be the third highest rated brewer on Untappd. No filters, just third highest, period.

Obviously this peaked my interest. Also, since I’ve never been a sensible guy in regards to this, I thought it was a good idea to get no mileage in regards to mead and just want the best I can get, straight away. Starting from the top, so to say.

Then there’s the price. This stuff, in The Netherlands, clocks in around € 35 for a 375ml bottle. Obviously this meant I wanted to share it, so I did. Four bottles were bought and separated into 6cl shares.

This too was a bit of an operation since, contrary to whisky, mead doesn’t keep indefinitely. Sharing meant getting the packages out the day after and keeping the samples in the fridge. But, that’s how things happened. Now it was time to kick back and drink my shares and see what all the fuss is about.

Michigan Apple, 11%
Starts of crisp, but gets sweeter after a while. A bit of carbonization makes it a bit fresher, which is interesting with its nuttiness, and sweet honey.

Heritage, 12.5%
A big smacking of raspberries. Massive! The palate is dry and sweet, but the slight bitterness of the raspberries remains.

Black Agnes, 11%
Rather sweet for black currant, but rich. Dryness that emphasizes the fruit even more. A long finish. A touch of bitterness too. Good!

The Statement, 14%:
Huge notes of the thick cherries. Slightly bitter and almost pulpy. On the nose that is. Quite dessert-like, but that added touch of bitterness makes it great.

So, now my completely unsubstantiated conclusions about this stuff.

Let’s start with the good:

  • The fruit flavors are amazing. You taste the quality of it, and it’s intensity is unsurpassed.
  • It’s ridiculously easy drinking.

Now my concerns:

  • It’s fairly one dimensional. Apart from the fruit flavors, not a lot is happening.
  • It’s ridiculously easy drinking.

Coming from whisky, what I am looking for is complexity and flavors to discover. I don’t really find that here. What I noticed in the beers I like best, is that this complexity also shows, albeit to a lesser degree.

I miss the challenge to get to the bottom of it. The challenge to find more flavors.

So, apart from the fact that these meads are very, very tasty, I noticed I started to get a bit bored by the third sip. Combine that with the prices asked for them, I don’t really expect to be going back anytime soon.

This is one of these drinks that is like Pink Floyd and Queen. I recognize the quality, but I just don’t care.


About Sjoerd de Haan-Kramer

I'm very interested in booze, with a focus on whisky. I like to listen to loads of music and play lots of Magic: the Gathering, and board games too. I'm married to Anneke, have two daughters Ot and Cato, a son Moos and a cat called Kikker (which means Frog, in Dutch). I live in Krommenie, The Netherlands.
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